How to use Wortschatz Leipzig web services in C#

C# Sourcecode IconIn that article I provided a small C# based library that allows you to easily access the thesaurus web service of the Wortschatz Leipzig project.
Now, in this article, I want to describe briefly what “obstacles” I had to overcome to address the web service from C#. Despite the fact that the Wortschatz Leipzig team provides a WSDL file for their web service, it is not done with adding a Web- or ServiceReference in Visual Studio.
Add Wortschatz Leipzig web service to Visual Studio solution
First you need to create a ServiceReference to the desired web service. For this article, let’s take the thesaurus web service. The path to the WSDL file, which is required to create the ServiceReference, is:
Info: I called the ServiceReference “ThesaurusClient”.
Now one would think that everything is done and you would have to instantiate the client class and simply […]

C#-API for the Wortschatz Leipzig webservices

csharp webserviceAt the weekend I was looking for a way to find synonyms for a given word. After a quick search on the net I came across the Openthesaurus project, which offers an offline database of synonyms for download. However, I wanted to have a second source for comparison. After further searching, I went to the thesaurus of the “Wortschatz Leipzig” project.  Although they offer no offline synonym database, but a free webservice.
Since this web service can not be easily integrated in the Visual Studio into your own projects and it took me some time and energy to figure out how to get things up and running, I have enclosed my whole web service client code into a small library.
If you’re not interested in a “ready-to-use” library, but in the […]

How to setup DDclient on Raspberry Pi for use with Namecheap DynDNS

raspberry pi logoOnce we have clarified in this article how to set up a the DynDNS (Dynamic DNS) service for your domains rented at, we will have to focus on how keep the IP/DNS records for each DynDNS domain up to date.
In another article I have explained how to do this using a Fritzbox. As for me, I have not only my Fritzbox 24/7 connected to the internet, but also my Raspberry Pi. So I will show you how to setup your Raspberry Pi to use it as a DynDNS client for use with Namecheap.
How to use Namecheap DynDNS service with ddclient on the Raspberry
Log into your Raspberry Pi (by ssh for example) or open a terminal window if you are working directly on Pi. In the first step we have to install ddclient, a DynDNS software, […]

How to configure Namecheap DynDNS in Fritzbox

dyndns refreshIn the previous article I have explained, how you can set up your domains, which are rented from, for use with DynDNS (Dynamic DNS). In this article, we will focus on how to configure your Fritzbox, so that it always sends the current IP to the Namecheap DynDNS interface.
While this also possible through various clients for PC or MAC, I find the configuration with Fritzbox particularly attractive, because it is anyway running around the clock and thus no PC or MAC unnecessarily consumes more power.
(Who prefers a Raspberry Pi over a Fritzbox, should read this article here.)
Set up Namecheap DynDNS in the Fritzbox
Log into the webpanel of your Fritzbox. This should be normally accessible by navigating to or  in a browser of your choice.
Fritzbox Namecheap DynDNS

Setting up DynDNS for domains with

Also, if I rent my webspace (and now my VPS) always from german companies, my domains are with a foreign supplier. Specifically at This has several reasons. I’ve only had good experience there, I really like their web interface, the payment by Paypal and also the support is really fast.
One of the features which suits me very well at is the possibility to use DynDNS with all domains registered there. And moreover it’s free. With other providers, you pay for it often.
How to configure a domain on Namecheap backend, so that the DNS records can be updated automatically, I want to show you in the following.
Configure domains with Namecheap for use with DynDNS
namecheap_dyndns_setup_1In the first step you log into your account at Then select the domain for which you want to enable the DynDNS service.
For this […]